A second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is likely in January-February, a circular from Maharashtra government's health services directorate stated.
The second coronavirus wave is expected in January-February based on the current situation in Europe, Maharashtra government's health services directorate, in a circular on November 11, said, news agency PTI reported.
Anticipating a second coronavirus wave, the authorities in Maharashtra have been asked to ensure that labs in every district and municipal corporation limits are functional.
The circular said there should be no complacency in coronavirus testing and all labs will remain functional as per Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there should be 140 tests per 10 lakh population, it said.
For this, there should be testing labs in each district and municipal corporation limits, the circular said.
The government document also said that the "need of the hour" is to celebrate diwali without firecrackers keeping in mind the health interest of Covid-19 patients and those with breathing problems.
The circular also asked people to wear masks when outdoors, wash hands frquently, avoid smoking and take other precauations to control the spread of the new coronavirus.
"Wearing masks when outdoors, frequent hand wash, disinfection of surfaces, physical distancing, avoiding spitting and smoking in public places are necessary measures to curb the spread of the infection," the circular stated.
It also urged people to avoid unnecessary travel and not to take stress.
Till November 12, Maharashtra has recorded 17,36,329 Covid-19 cases and 45,682 deaths due to the infection.
(With inputs from PTI)